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Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas


Releases TODAY – October 26, 2010

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas

* I received a copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review*


One rain-slicked night, six-year-old Holly lost the only parent she knew, her beloved mother Victoria. And since that night, she has never again spoken a word.


The last thing Mark Nolan needs is a six-year-old girl in his life. But he soon realizes that he will do everything he can to make her life whole again. His sister’s will gives him the instructions: There’s no other choice but you. Just start by loving her. The rest will follow


Maggie Collins doesn’t dare believe in love again, after losing her husband of one year. But she does believe in the magic of imagination. As the owner of a toy shop, she lives what she loves. And when she meets Holly Nolan, she sees a little girl in desperate need of a little magic.


Three lonely people. Three lives at the crossroads. Three people who are about to discover that Christmas is the time of year when anything is possible, and when wishes have a way of finding the path home…

I must confess on the front end that I am an unabashed Lisa Kleypas fan, and have been for years. When I was given the opportunity to get an Advanced Reader’s Copy of her latest book, I grabbed it. I wasn’t disappointed.

When Mark Nolan’s niece is dropped into his lap to raise after the death of her mother (Mark’s sister), he is at a total loss. He has no idea how to raise a child, much less a female child. Mark coerces his brother Sam into letting both Mark and the 6-year-old niece move into Sam’s house. While the story is certainly Mark’s, Sam is a delightful second banana who, without doubt, has some of the best laugh-producing lines in the book. I can only hope to see Sam’s story in the near future.

Two years into widowhood, Maggie Collins isn’t sure she’s ready to tackle flirting and dating. The one thing she is certain of is that to fall in love again and suffer the pain she felt at the death of her husband to cancer isn’t anything she has any interest in experiencing again. She moves to San Juan island off the coast of Washington to start over. Her very large family (seven siblings, parents and assorted nieces and nephews) live nearby in Bellingham, Washington and while there is one scene at her parents’ home, her family doesn’t play a major part in this story. While there are extraneous characters such as Mark’s girlfriend, Maggie’s employee, and Mark’s two brothers (Sam and Alex), this story’s focus is Mark, Maggie and Holly.

Each of them has to deal with a death…Maggie, the death of her husband. Holly, the death of her parents. Mark, the death of his relationship with Shelby, as well as letting go of some preconceived ideas about life and love.

As Mark and Maggie begin to spend more time together, their attraction to each other grows to a point neither can ignore. But to be together, each has to let go of an old life.

Ms. Kleypas has written a sweet, charming romantic story. Mark and Maggie are strong characters and I could have spent more time getting to know them and enjoying their relationship as it grew.  If I have a complaint, it’s that the story is too short and moves too quickly!

I am typing with crossed fingers that Ms. Kleypas will continue with the Nolan family and give us Sam and Alex’s stories.

If you believe in magic, faeries, romance and love, this tale is for you.

Here’s an excerpt to wet your appetite Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor Excerpt

For more information on Lisa Kleypas or her books,

visit her website at http://www.lisakleypas.com/ or follow her on facebook at www.fb.me/lisakleypas

One lucky commenter will win an Advance Reader Copies from St. Martin’s Press, so comment often and send your friends!

Contest is for USA and Canada reader only.

11 Responses

  1. Sounds wonderful Cyndi! So glad you liked it!

  2. I love Christmas stories!!
    Thanks for the giveaway and please enter me (if its international).


  3. It sounds good. Thanks for sharing it. I’ve read some of Lisa’s stuff but nothing lately.

  4. Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing. Just in time for the holidays.

  5. It is a fun read. Thanks Keri for passing along the opportunity.

    Sorry Lucy. Contest is for USA/Canada readers only. I have adjusted the information above.

    Heather – we must compare Kleypas books!

    Donna – you’re right. Perfect story for the holidays.

  6. Love her books! And this one sounds like a great one to add to my collection. LOL Great review! 🙂

  7. Thls book sounds wonderful!
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  8. want! wannnnnntttt!

    Over here! Me! ME!!!!!

    *waves* Hey Keri. Look, over here…. look at me! Wouldn’t I look great reading that book???

  9. There’s no other choice but you. Just start by loving her. The rest will follow

    What great advice for life!!

  10. You’re right, Mary. Great advice.

    Bria – HAHAHA… Cross your fingers for random number generator

    Chey127 – This is a sweet, fun and quick read. It’s a book you’ll finish and go..awww. that was good.

  11. I love Lisa Kleypas. This doesn’t sound like my usual type of read, but since she wrote it, I’m sure it’ll be great.

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